Writer Joy Hinckley moved to the Sunshine Coast a few years ago and is happy with the move. "The warm, community vibe was quickly apparent," she says. "There's a feeling that people support each other. It's also an amazing place for the arts, with so many quality offerings in theatre, music and visual arts."
Playwrights Errol Morrison and Joy Hinckley counting down to the premiere.
Her new play Fencing is being produced by theatre company 3bCreative, along with The Shed, by popular Sunshine Coast personality Errol Morrison, in a new production, The Locals.
3bCreative's executive producer Anne Grant loves bringing new works and diverse performers to the stage. Finding two fresh new comedies that both had a theme of community and connection suggested to her the production of The Locals.
"It's such a pleasure to provide an opportunity for writers to see their work on our stages, and for audiences to see something a bit different," says Anne. "And in these times of political and other disagreements, the message of The Locals, one of finding common ground, is so relevant and needed."
Moving to a new life causes anxious moments in Fencing.
Fencing's director, Jude Pippen, is no stranger to the Sunshine Coast theatre scene. She is a former manager of the Regional Arts Development Fund; co-founder of the Creative Regions organisation; and was instrumental in the refurbishment of the Old Ambulance Station gallery and Black Box Theatre in Nambour. She is also an accomplished performer. Hinterland audiences may remember Jude from her time as Director of Arts Montville.
In Fencing, Andy, a cattle farmer, and his new neighbour Peregrine, a Permaculture hippie, find themselves up against the might of a multinational corporation. Will they be able to set aside their differences and save their road into town? Local amateur theatre group the Turkey Gully Players has an idea to help.
Amateur theatre brings all types together - in real life and in Fencing
Errol Morrison, the author of The Shed, has had business success in both hairdressing and creative industries. He is a voice-over performer, actor, and producer with experience in stage, screen and radio.
The Shed is set in the increasingly popular world of a Men's Shed. Will controversy, debate and a pesky meddling bureaucrat put an end their "blokes' paradise"?
The Locals promises plenty of laughs and maybe even a few tears.
It premieres at the Kureelpa and Dulong Hall, 2 Jewett Rd, Kureelpa, on 14 and 15 June at 7pm, and continues at Maleny Playhouse at Maleny Showgrounds on 21 June at 7pm, and Saturday 22 June at 2pm and 7pm.